Bwindi Forest is a habitat to the Mountain Gorillas, mammals, primates, birds, trees. It’s a nature rain forest of montane low land forest which is located southwestern part of Uganda. But history behind Bwindi forest has it that Batwa were first people who lived in the forest and these are the ‘Batwa’ people also called the Batwa pygmies.
They lived, hunted and gathered in the forest, the forest provided whatever they needed to have in life, but later on where pushed out of the forest and they started living a miserable life. Owning the land to them was new since they lived in harmony in the forest but due to time everything changed because of conservation and this caused the preservation of the rain forest of Bwindi and its wildlife including birds, primates, the endangered mountain Gorillas.
And because of all what happened they became refugees, people who lacked but had, they lost their traditional ways and culture, ways of living in their normal and beloved forest. An experience of the Batwa trail gives you a life time experience to learn about their day to day life of the first people who lived in the forest spend time with people of small stature but with a big heart.
Learn as they guide you through the forest, dance, sing and storytelling of their traditional ways of farming, handling the bow, gather honey, and picking herbal medicine from roots and leaves a local way of treating the local people. Get a chance to share a local meal with them from plants and goat stew this will be another way of learning a life of Batwa people. The experience shows you how they lived grass thatched houses, caves, hunted small animals which were used for food. The trail begins with a nature walk, hike through the forest as you learn from the first keepers of the forest this takes a full day or 5 hours your simple presence will give a great honor to the Batwa people.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is not only a place where you only trek mountain Gorillas but a home where you have a right to learn about culture and ways of the first people to inherit the forest, planning your day gives you an opportunity directly to support the Batwa development. And the funds can be used to construct local schools and many more.
The Batwa live outside the forest and every region / sector including Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma, and Nkuringo.
Batwa trail can also be an added advantage to your Gorilla trekking to have a chance to spend with the first people of the forest book with us in advance to enjoy the unforgettable experience of Batwa.
The Batwa trail currently costs $80 and takes place in Mgahinga whereas the Batwa experience costs $100 and takes place in Buhoma, Bwindi.